District Fishing Report: 11.15.13

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Lake Erie tributaries (Erie County): Recent rains brought good flow to the “mile” creeks east of the peninsula, and silver bullets had moved as far as the headwaters of Twelvemile and Twentymile creeks. Fish ladders on Fourmile Creek were opened in late October, and anglers reported steelhead well above the golf course. With waters nicely stained, lots of steelhead were caught in Elk Creek from the mouth to Folly’s End. Earl D. Woodyard Jr. of the North Side was given the state Fish and Boat Commission’s Senior Angler Award for his trophy steelhead — 31.3 inches, 13 pounds 12 ounces — caught Oct. 29 at the mouth of Walnut Creek on Rainbow Glitter Power Bait. In September Woodyard caught two 30 inchers from the same spot using a 5/8-ounce blue Little Cleo spoon. Overcast predicted for today and Saturday, showers Sunday.

Pymatuning Reservoir (Crawford County): Fish and Boat reported that cooling waters had sparked walleye activity.

Conneaut Lake (Crawford County): Large panfish were caught.

Allegheny River (Forest and Venango counties): Boaters should be aware of a river-wide ice-control device spanning the waterway upstream from the State Street Veterans Bridge in Oil City. Smallmouth and walleye were taken.

Allegheny River (Forest County): With the walleye bite picking up, boaters can legally launch from the private Tionesta Sand and Gravel Corporation launch, and foot access is available near The Lighthouse in Tionesta.

Harbar Acres Lake (Butler County): The lake was stocked by the state with brook and brown trout in October, and anglers reported catching trout on minnows or salmon eggs.

Beaver River (Beaver County): Hybrid striped bass and walleye were taken on live minnows, jerkbaits and soft plastics near the Townsend Dam.

Monongahela River (Allegheny County): On Nov. 6 at South Side Riverfront Park, using French fries as bait, Michael Kirshenbaum of Squirrel Hill caught channel catfish measuring 19 and 23 inches.

Report your catch at fishingreport@post-gazette.com. Include angler’s name, age (for children), place of residence, species, size, body of water, date of catch, phone number (not for publication) and optional details.

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